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date: 23 October 2019

Genealogical and heraldic manuscriptslocked

  • John A. Goodall


Manuscript records made by heralds and antiquaries in the pursuit of their professional activities or private studies. They are extremely common, surviving not only in national libraries but also in local and private collections, but very few bibliographic surveys of the material have been made, especially of the many antiquarian drawings of the 16th to 18th centuries. Owing to the subsequent destruction of the originals, these drawings are often primary sources for knowledge of past practices, and their importance cannot be too highly stressed. For the use of heraldry in the decoration and illustration of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts see Heraldry, §II, 4.

While very important collections of royal pedigrees can be found in some early medieval chronicles, specific collections of pedigrees were first made in the later Middle Ages. One fairly common type that links both groups comprises the English scrolls based on Petrus Comestor’s Historia scholastica, written before ...

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